Former Tiders Join Alabama Sports HOF

Former Alabama football star Major Ogilvie and former Crimson Tide and major league baseball star David Magadan headline the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2014.



_The eight newly-elected inductees will bring the total of all inductees since 1969 to 321.

The 2014 induction banquet will take place in the Birmingham Ballroom, at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel, on Saturday, May 17. Reception and banquet tickets can be purchased by contacting the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Museum in Birmingham.

Major Ogilvie had an amazing accomplishment in his Alabama football career under Coach Paul Bryant. He played in four major bowl games and is the only person to have scored touchdowns in four majors.

Ogilvie, a native of Birmingham and star at Mountain Brook High School before going to Alabama, was a running back for the Tide in 1977-80. He played on two national championship teams in 1978 and 1979, and three Southeastern Confrence championship teams, was All-SEC, was MVP of both the 1980 Sugar Bowl and 1981 Cotton Bowl, captain of the 1980 Bama team, and an Academic All-America.

He was selected by readers of 'BAMA Magazine to the All-Decade Teams of both the 1970s and 1980s. During his carrer, the Crimson Tide had a record of 44-4.

David Magadan, a native of Tampa, Fla., who played his baseball under Coach Barry Shollenberger, is a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame. In his senior year, 1983, he was winner of he Golden Spike Award as the best college player in the nation, the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in football.

His batting average of .525 in his senior season is still the SEC record and ranks fifth best in NCAA history. His .439 career batting average is the SEC record and 10th best in NCAA history. He won the NCAA batting crown his senior year and was an All-America and College Player of the Year. He led Alabama to a runner-up finish in the College World Series.

He was second round pick of the New York Mets in the 1983 Major League Draft. He played 16 seasons for seven different teams. His best season was 1990 with the Mets when he had a batting average of .328, which was third in the National League. He appeared in 1,582 major league games and collected 1,197 hits. He finished his career with a .288 batting average; a .390 on-base percentage; and a .377 slugging percentage.

He was on the coaching staff of the Boston Red Sox for their 2007 World Series Championship. He is hitting coach for the Texas Rangers.

Also being inducted with an Alabama connection is Eli Gold, Bama's football play-by-play radio announcer. He has been an announcer for hockey, baseball, and basketball but is best known as the voice of the Crimson Tide since 1988 and as a broadcaster for NASCAR. The Brooklyn native lives in Birmingham. He is a four-time Alabama Sportscaster of the Year.

Other new inductees are former Auburn basketball player Ruthie Bolton, former Wake Forest football player Red Cochran, former Auburn football player Bill Cody, former Seattle Seahawks football player Walter Jones, and former Kentucky State basketball player Travis Grant.

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